Those acquainted with Breguet’s extraordinary history realize that its founder, Abraham-Louis Breguet, was watchmaker to French sovereignty. Truth be told, he made the main ladies’ wristwatch back in the mid 1800’s – for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples and sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. The solicitation was for a “thin, elliptical repeater watch with a silver dial and Arabic numerals, mounted on a wristlet of hair woven with gold threads.” Abraham-Louis Breguet got the solicitation in 1810 and delivered the watch in December 1812, as per brand documents. Tragically, that watch has since been lost, yet not its memory. It was just about a decade-and-a-half prior that Breguet respected that first wristwatch with a dedicated assortment: Reine de Naples – and for 2017, some new models are offered, including the “Mini” ref. 8928.
The Reine de Naples watches are, as one may anticipate, oval molded like the first. Also, depending on the watch, the watches are bedecked with gems, include remarkable detailing and significantly offer added complications. This is an excellent line and one the brand ceaselessly develops and develops – routinely offering new versions.
This year, indeed, the extravagance Swiss watch brand divulged a few new Reine de Naples forms, incorporating models with dull Tahitian mother-of-pearl dials (ref. 8918) and a Princess variant with gleaming white mother-of-pearl dial (Ref. 8965). Notwithstanding, the one that truly got our attention is the Breguet Reine de Naples Mini ref. 8928.
For the first run through, Breguet developed the more limited size oval case size, estimating 33mm x 24.95mm. The size is ideal for the petite wrist. Described by the unbalanced hour and moment sign – found in a subdial on the lower part of the watch dial – the new Reine de Naples Mini watch sports profoundly adapted numerals with a shadow impact of dark and a tone (depending on the model). The numerals are graduated in size, with the Arabic 12 taking practically the whole top portion of the dial for sensational appeal.
There are six distinct models of the Reine de Naples Mini, each made in either 18-karat white gold or 18-karat rose gold. Once more, our most loved is a white gold form with hot pink accents. The watch, with wonderfully fluted case sides is set with jewel brilliants on the bezel and on the base case carry. Moreover, the crown – pleasantly position at 4:00 so as not to meddle with the oval case shape – is made in cabochon style with precious stone briolettes. There is likewise an inward rib encompassing the dial that is bedecked with precious stones. Indeed, even the collapsing fasten is set with diamonds.
The old style polish of the fluted case and the jewels is counterbalanced by a gleaming white mother-of-pearl dial with striking Arabic numerals in hot pink and dark. It is done with a hot pink cowhide calfskin lash that complements the pink numerals and brings the watch round trip. Different adaptations offer a similar mix of shading, exemplary tastefulness and individual style.
Making the watch significantly more engaging is what’s inside. Instead of take the easy way and outfit the unimposing watch with a quartz development, Breguet decides to chock it full with minds to coordinate the magnificence. The Caliber 586/1 mechanical self-winding development controls the watch. This specific type is absolutely with regards to Breguet’s exclusive expectations of craftsmanship and innovation. It includes a silicon balance wheel that assists with diminishing erosion and, subsequently, expands time needed between overhauling. Similar to Breguet’s practice with the Reine de Naples arrangement, every development and each case is exclusively marked and numbered. The watch beats at 3Hz offers 38 hours of force save (rather long considering the 15mm width of the movement).
This pretty-in-pink model (which retails for $36,100) is offered in three varieties. There is likewise a dark glossy silk lashed model for night events and – significantly seriously tempting—there is a white or pink gold arm band model . The wristband is a work of woven gold and feminine bends for extreme excellence. In addition to the fact that it looks extraordinary on the wrist, however it is so carefully made and mind boggling flexible that it seems like silk against the skin. Perhaps that is by and large what Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, initially intended and Abraham-Louis Breguet delivered. More details on www.breguet.com .
Technical Specifications – Breguet Reine de Naples Mini 8928
- Case: Oval molded – 33mm long x 24.95mm enormous x 8.50mm thick – 18k white gold or 18k pink gold – precious stones on the bezel/crown – sapphire gem on the two sides – 30m water resistant
- Dial: characteristic white mother-of-pearl, dark printed numerals – blued steel hands
- Movement: Caliber 586/1, in-house – programmed with platinum wavering weight – 3Hz recurrence – 38h force save – 29 gems – hours and minutes
- Reference: 8928
- Price: from USD 36,100
This article has been composed by Roberta Naas, founder of A Timely Perspective ; and writer of six books on watches.